ENGLEWOOD, Colo. The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed tight end/fullback Orson Charles in addition to claiming offensive lineman Tyler Jones (NYJ) and outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas (Ind.) off waivers,
it was announced. The team also waived/injured linebacker Aaron Wallace along with its previously announced transactions placing tight end Bug Howard and cornerback Horace Richardson on injured reserve.
Charles (6-3, 257 pounds) is a sixth-year player who has appeared in 49 regular-season games (8 starts) and three postseason contests (2 starts) with Cincinnati (2012-13), Detroit (2016), Kansas City (2017) and Cleveland (2018). His career totals include 14 receptions for 185 yards (13.2 avg.) in addition to 12 tackles and one fumble recovery on special teams.
Selected by Cincinnati in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Charles saw action in 13 games (2 starts) with Cleveland in 2018 and finished with three receptions for 23 yards (7.7 avg.). He was released by the Browns earlier this month in training camp.
A John Mackey Award Finalist (nation’s top tight end) in 2011 with the University of Georgia, Charles finished his collegiate career with 94 receptions for 1,370 yards (14.6 avg.) with 10 touchdowns. He was born on Jan. 27, 1991, and will wear No. 83.
Jones (6-3, 306 pounds) is a rookie offensive lineman from North Carolina State University who entered the NFL as a college free agent with the Jets on May 10. He did not play in either of the Jets’ preseason games and was waived on Aug. 20.
A starter at left tackle in 39 consecutive games for the Wolfpack, Jones was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a redshirt junior and senior. He was born on Oct. 27, 1995.
Nicolas (6-3, 251 pounds) is a third-year player who appeared in 11 games with Kansas City (2016-17) in addition to spending time on offseason rosters with Seahawks (2018), Redskins (2018) and Colts (2019). Selected in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, he made two solo tackles in one preseason game with Indianapolis in 2019 before being waived on Aug. 20.
A two-year starter at Virginia Tech, Nicolas recorded 166 tackles (87 solo), 17.5 sacks (146 yds.), seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumbles during his collegiate career. He was born on Sept. 29, 1992.